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NBC News Announces DC Producer Moves

nbcnews304NBC News has made several behind-the-scenes personnel moves in its DC bureau.

Kristen Donnelly has been promoted to the NBC News’ White House team, moving over from her role as senior producer on  MSNBC’s 11amET hour. Frank Thorp V will take over as Senate producer. Thorp has produced for Luke Russert and Kelly O’Donnell in recent years.

Alex Moe has been promoted to NBC News’ House of Representatives producer. Moe started out as the network’s Tim Russert fellow in 2010, moving on to being a campaign embed for Newt Gingrich‘s 2012 presidential campaign and producer in the North East bureau. And Abigail Williams will become State Department producer, working with Andrea Mitchell. She had been a general assignment producer.

The network also formerly announced Kasie Hunt‘s move to MSNBC, where she will be the network’s political correspondent. Hunt had been NBC News’ Senate producer.

The full memo from Deputy Bureau Chief Meaghan Rady after the jump.

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The Saturday Ticker: Weather, Russert, Tapper

  • Two of the the Weather Channel’s three owners may be looking to sell. Blackstone Group and Bain Capital acquired the company, along with NBCUniversal, in 2008. The deal could see the TV channel and the company’s weather data service sold separately, Bloomberg reports.

  • Luke Russert is joining “Meet the Press.” “Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” moderator Chuck Todd wrote in a memo to staff. Russert, the son of the late “MTP” moderator Tim Russert, will contribute both on-air and on the “MTP” digital platform.

  • CNN’s Jake Tapper will be honored with the “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism today in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tapper’s award comes for his book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

Chuck Todd’s First ‘Meet the Press:’ ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’

MTPToddChuck Todd opened his first “Meet the Press,” surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia Malika Henderson of the “Washington Post,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report.

Said Todd: “Obviously it’s a pretty big honor for me to be sitting in this chair as the 12th moderator of this program following in the footsteps of the likes of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Tim Russert and, of course, David Gregory.”

“As you can see, we’re making a few changes around here. As I like to say, we’re living in a house as we remodel it, so the program in this studio will continue to evolve over the coming months.”

Todd began the show with his one-on-one with Pres. Obama on the issue of ISIS. He then got reaction from his guests. The second segment included Todd’s Obama interview as it pertained to domestic issues, and again, analysis from the press, including Walter and Stanton, who, like Todd, sports facial hair: “because we didn’t have enough goatees,” Todd joked.

The next block included a new segment called “Who needs Washington?” Kevin Tibbles reported on how Oklahoma City is just one city moving forward without much help from Washington, DC, followed by in-studio interviews with the mayors of Oklahoma City, Tacoma and Pittsburgh — a republican, an independent and a democrat, respectively.

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And Your Replacement for Chuck Todd on ‘The Daily Rundown’ is…

MSNBCLogo304x200On the heels of Chuck Todd‘s appointment to “Meet the Press,” we asked you who you think will replace him as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

With close to 4,000 votes in, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker was your favorite choice to take the reins, with 57% of you choosing her. Welker has filled in at points for Todd and Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.

NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert came in second with 22% choosing the son of the late “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert. Rounding out the poll was the Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza (six percent),  NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander (six percent), the choice of other (five percent), and weekend anchor Craig Melvin (three percent).

Some of the names chosen for other were Ezra Klein, Ari Melber, and Steve Kornacki.

David Gregory: ‘I Leave NBC as I Came – Humbled and Grateful’

David Gregory has confirmed that he is leaving “Meet the Press” and NBC News:

Still no official announcement from NBC, which is expected to announce Chuck Todd as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” this afternoon or tomorrow. (MSNBC has effectively already confirmed the news.) >Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s Official: Chuck Todd Named Host of “Meet the Press”

Gregory, who joined NBC News in 1995, has hosted “Meet the Press” for six years, since the death of Tim Russert in 2008. During Gregory’s tenure, the show slipped in the ratings, first losing ground to CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and, more recently, frequently placing third behind “FTN” and ABC’s “This Week.”

No word yet on what is next for Gregory, who was recently spotted meeting with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.

Politico: Chuck Todd ‘Likely Successor’ to David Gregory on ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd white housePolitico’s Mike Allen reports in Playbook that Chuck Todd is the “likely successor” to David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” The change is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, according to Allen:

The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.

Gregory’s next move is unknown, but he’s unlikely to remain at the network – a stunning turn for a quick-rising star with a broadcasting polish and on-air versatility that once made him a natural candidate to be a future “Today” show host. It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.

“Meet the Press” has slipped to third among the Sunday public affairs shows. Todd is currently NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, as well as the anchor of the 9 a.m. “Daily Rundown” on MSNBC.

Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Luke Russert Pens New Introduction to Tim Russert’s ‘Big Russ and Me’

NBC’s Luke Russert has written a new introduction to his father, the late Tim Russert‘s best-seller “Big Russ and Me,” on its 10th anniversary. This morning on “Today,” Matt Lauer asked Luke Russert, now that he works in TV news, if he sees his father’s legacy “in a different perspective.”

“Absolutely,” said Russert. “I love him even more. I was a amazed after working at NBC News for a few years how much of a 24/7 job it is.”

Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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Tim Russert Office Exhibit Gets ‘Final Resting Place’ in Buffalo

TR OfficeAfter more than four years on display at the Newseum in Washington, the contents of the office of the late NBC newsman Tim Russert are moving to his hometown of Buffalo, New York.

“It’s a great final resting place for the embodiment of his career, which is that office,” Russert’s son, NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, tells the Buffalo News. “It captures the history of him growing up in South Buffalo and interviewing popes and presidents and everything in between.”

The office re-creation, which had been classified as a temporary feature at the Newseum, includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos.  The Buffalo History Museum now will house the exhibit.

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